How to Use Raw Honey

Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized or filtered. Its cloudy appearance is due to crystals, bits of wax and bee pollen. Raw honey can be used like processed honey as a sweetener for a sweeter substitute for sugar. In addition to its food value, raw honey has powerful medicinal properties that fight inflammation, infection and allergic responses.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Gauze
  1. Wound Healing

    • 1

      Clean the wound. The method of cleaning does not matter; it just has to be clear of debris and infectious material.

    • 2

      Soften the honey. Vigorous stirring will soften the honey. If you are spreading the honey over a large area, you may want to make it even thinner. Do this by gently heating the honey until it is runnier. Do not overheat, as the healing properties of the honey can be destroyed. Alternatively, you can add a little mineral oil or petroleum jelly to the honey.

    • 3

      Apply the honey liberally to the wound.

    • 4

      Cover the wound with a gauze dressing.

    • 5

      Change the dressing at least once every one to three days, adding more honey if necessary.

    Allergy Treatment

    • 1

      Purchase locally-produced honey. Local honey contains pollen that boosts the immune response and combats allergies to the plants that produce the pollen.

    • 2

      Ingest a tablespoon of raw honey to combat seasonal allergies.

    • 3

      Repeat daily prior to and throughout allergy season.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not feed raw honey to an infant under one year of age. Spores in raw honey may cause botulism in children that young.

References

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